2020 has been a very strange year. The global COVID-19 pandemic has effected countries worldwide with many experiencing some kind of lockdown, new health and safety measures and ongoing worry over the situation.
But it doesn’t all have to be doom and gloom. In this post I want to discuss some of the ways you can live your best life during the pandemic; including social activities, personal development and safety.
Stay Safe During COVID-19
Going to work and doing your grocery shopping can be stressful at the best of times, but there are steps you can take to make the process as safe and as stress free as possible. Here are some tips to help you stay safe during the pandemic.
- Stay 2 metres (6ft) away from other people where possible. You’re at the greatest risks when you’re in contact with people at close range.
- Wash your hands as often as possible and after touching new surfaces.
- Invest in safety supplies such as an N95 masks and hand sanitizer.
- Try to not mix with other households where possible.
- Ask your employer what safety measures they have put in place recently.
Use this time to be productive
Before I give you some ways you can be productive at this time I just wanted to say we’re experiencing a global crisis and it’s okay not to be okay with that or want to be productive. Here are some helpful (and fun) productive things you can do with your increased time at home.
- Get your finances in order. What better time to review your budget than during a time of increased uncertainty. Create a spreadsheet for all your incomings and outgoings, see if there are any areas that you can tighten up your budget, and aim to start saving up an emergency fund (if you don’t have one already).
- Update your CV. The current climate has raised many questions about the sustainability and security of jobs. Many companies aren’t currently recruiting but that doesn’t mean you can’t get ready for when they do start recruiting again.
- Learn new skills. Why not make the most of this time by learning a new skill. You could enrol on an online course boosting your CV or fuelling an existing interest.
- Exercise. This pandemic has shown us just how important our health is. With the extra time on our hands why not start jogging or lifting weights at home.
- A DIY project. While spending more time at home, many households have been taking this time to complete some DIY projects around their home and in gardens. Get some paint out of the shed, put up that shelf and give your home a new lease of life.
Keep up Your Social Life
The digital world offers us lots of opportunities to stay social regardless of what’s happening across the world.
It’s amazing to see all the creative ways that families are staying in touch and keeping their spirits up. For example, I’ve seen a lot of families begin weekly quiz nights via video call. If you haven’t already, suggest to your friends that you have a online weekly quiz or catch up, some people are even having video call brunches together!
There are also online events popping up all over. Search for events that interest you across the web and start attending this amazing new assortment of virtual meet-ups.
And remember, this doesn’t have to be something you only do during lockdown, let’s carry on these traditions after all of this is over.
The pandemic has been tough for many but t doesn’t have to stop you from living your best life. For your own sanity, keep in touch with family and friends. For your own safety make sure to get the appropriate protective equipment. And use this time to boost your finances, cv or skills!